Perfect Italian Pizza Dough Recipe (Homemade)

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This Italian pizza dough recipe makes enough for 3 medium-sized crusts. Prep it in 15 minutes, let it rise, then divide Italian pizza dough into rounds and bake! You’ll love how this pizza crust tastes! It’s perfect for pizza night! 


When it comes to making homemade pizzas, this great pizza dough recipe is one of the best.

It’s an easy pizza dough recipe that gives a great pizza base to pack on all your favorite toppings. The full printable recipe card below gives you all the simple steps! 

For my own personal consumption, I’m a big fan of making my own ball of dough and then cooking it on a pizza stone.

It’s simple to make a thin crust pizza out of, or to make a thick crust and add right to the pizza oven. 

This recipe isn’t like other sticky dough options out there, either. It’s a good base that gives you plenty of space to add all your favorite toppings.

In fact, the surface of the dough is just the right consistency to add a bit of olive oil or tomato sauce, followed by loads of mozzarella cheese! 

If you’re ready to make your own pizza dough, this is the best homemade pizza dough recipe.

It’s perfect for the wood-fired oven and will make any pizza recipe stand out above the rest. 

You can use this to make your favorite pizza margherita pizza, or individual portion sizes of cheese or pepperoni pizza as well!

It’s just an all around good quality pizza dough recipe! 

Italian pizza dough ingredients

Italian Pizza Dough Recipe

The best pizza dough recipe for thin crust Italian pizza is this one — hands down. 

Feel free to experiment with different levels of thickness and cooking devices to get it just right. 

A simple sheet pan, cast iron pizza plate, or round stone all work wonderfully.

Either way, the edges of this Italian pizza dough get nice and crispy when baked!

Need dinner fast? I have another simple pizza dough recipe that’s made with 2 ingredients and doesn’t require any rise time!

Or, try these delicious bites baked inside a muffin tin. You could even create mini pizzas with English muffins in the air fryer!

pizza dough ball in large bowl

Thin Crust Italian Pizza Dough Recipe Tips

  • Use warm water. If it’s too hot, the high temperature will kill the yeast and the dough won’t rise.
  • Use all purpose flour. Other people insist you need bread flour or 00 flour, but you can easily make this thin crust Italian pizza dough recipe with regular all purpose flour.
  • Bring it to room temperature. When Italian pizza dough is cold right out of the refrigerator, it tends to spring back or shrink as you’re trying to spread it out.
  • Have a stand mixer? Let your machine do the work for you! 

    Run it on low while slowly drizzling in the olive oil, then beat on medium for several minutes after the yeast water. 

    It will form a ball around the beater when it’s done.
risen italian pizza crust dough

How to Use Italian Pizza Dough

Once it’s pressed into a circle, brush a thin layer of olive oil over the top. Add your favorite sauce and toppings, then bake!

You can also use this authentic Italian pizza dough recipe for more of your favorite dishes. Divide the dough in half for stromboli or into four portions for calzones.

To make cheesy garlic bread, press the dough into a rectangle or circle and slather with a mixture of melted butter and garlic.

Sprinkle shredded mozzarella and parmesan over the top, then add a sprinkle of dried parsley or oregano. Slice, bake, and slice again!

Kitchen‌ ‌Tools‌ ‌You‌ ‌Will‌ ‌Need‌ ‌

  • Mixing Bowls – I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Plastic Wrap – Gone are the days of using a kitchen towel! 
    Cloth allows moisture to escape, while plastic will trap it to create the ideal humid environment for this thin crust Italian pizza dough recipe.
  • Rolling Pin – You can use this for a more consistent thickness, or simply pat the ball into the shape and size that you want with your fingers.

Pizza Dough Recipe Thin Crust Italian FAQ‌

How do I double this Italian pizza dough recipe?

Given the size and amount that this Italian pizza dough recipe makes, it would be best to make two separate batches at the same time.

Where is the best place to let dough rise?

Anywhere that is warm and free from drafts is perfect — you want to trap that moisture in the bowl to create the right amount of humidity.

To accommodate different climates and times of year, the oven is one of the best spots! Set it to 200° for just a minute or two, then turn it off and place your bowl inside.

Can I make authentic Italian pizza dough recipe ahead of time?

Yes! In fact, it’s great to keep a supply on hand for last minute meals. Divide it into portions and wrap each one tightly in plastic wrap.

This Italian pizza dough recipe will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or in the freezer for 3 to 4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bring to room temperature before using.

floured pizza dough ball with spoon and rolling pin

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Perfect Italian Pizza Dough Recipe (Homemade)

Donna Elick
This Italian pizza dough recipe makes enough for 3 medium-sized crusts. Prep it in 15 minutes, let it rise, then divide into rounds and bake!
4.75 stars from 4 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Method Oven
Servings 3 medium pizza crusts


  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water, not boiling
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Sprinkle yeast over the warm water and set aside for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to become foamy.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and sea salt.
  • While stirring, drizzle the olive oil into the flour mixture until it is fully combined. Flour mixture will be crumbly.
  • Pour the water/yeast into the flour mixture and stir until dough comes together in a ball. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes (dough will become less sticky and develop some elasticity).
  • Shape the dough into a ball and place in a large mixing bowl coated in olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 1 ½ -2 hours, or until dough has doubled in size.
  • Punch down the dough.
  • Divide dough into 3 equal portions (for pizzas) and place in ziploc bags in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Remove dough from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before using. Press into a large round, top with olive oil, sauce, and toppings.
  • Bake pizza at 500°F for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is cooked through.

Donna’s Notes

Storage: Wrap bread tightly with plastic wrap. Store on the countertop for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Divide into 4 portions to make calzones and 2 portions to make stromboli.
Do not use water that is too hot or it will kill the yeast and the dough will not rise.
You can also make the dough in a standing mixer. Run the mixer on low while slowly drizzling in the olive oil and then beat on medium speed for several minutes after adding the water/yeast to the dough, until the dough forms a ball around the beater.
Bringing the dough to room temperature before using it really helps it become more pliable. When it is cold, it tends to spring back/shrink as you’re trying to spread it out.
You can use a rolling pin to roll out the dough, but I tend to just use my fingers to pat it out into the shape and size I want.
This will make a fairly thin crust pizza (as recipe is written) which gets nice and crispy when baked. Experiment with different thicknesses and cooking devices to get the dough as crispy as you’d like. You can also spread the dough out in a simple sheet pan or on a cast iron pizza plate or on a pizza stone.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 845cal | Carbohydrates: 130g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 789mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 7g | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 8mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Originally published November 2021, updated and republished April 2024

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  1. I just printed the pizza dough recipe and am anxious to try it but what type of yeast should I use, regular rise or bread machine yeast? If bread machine yeast is ok, how much less should I use?

    1. I can’t think of a reason why the crust couldn’t be baked in a pizza oven, Donna. Please come back and let us know how it works for you!

      TSRI Team member,

  2. 5 stars
    Well! I don’t want to buy pizza ever again! This dough tastes amazing and incredible! The fresh taste is so authentic & satisfying. I can’t wait for pizza night again and to have others over so they can try fresh homemade pizza. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. I am 75 years old and trying to be very careful with my budget. Not wanting to buy self-rising flour, I SO appreciate your instruction re using all-purpose. And the pizzas were DELICIOUS! Made the Italian (pepperoni etc) and planning Mexican and Greek. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Marcy!
      You can use a dough hook, use speed 2 for 2 minutes to thoroughly mix ingredients.
      TSRI Team Member,

  4. 5 stars
    Made in bread machine. Turned out great. Made two pizza but were a tad thick will make three as directed next attempt. Excellent recipe.

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